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Symantec Releases NetBackup 7.5 & Backup Exec 2012 Worldwide

Cliff Boodoosingh, Editor-in-Chief on March 14, 2012
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Mar 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Symantec Corp.[SYMC] today announced that Symantec NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are now available worldwide to help businesses of any size seamlessly transform and modernize their outdated, complex and resource-intensive backup strategy. Symantec is also announcing an agreement with NetApp to resell the new NetBackup Replication Director option, enabling customers to unify Snapshot and replication management within NetBackup, and remove the cost and risk associated with multiple backup and recovery tools. Replication Director enables organizations to reduce management costs and complexity by recovering and managing backup and replicated snapshots from a single NetBackup management console.

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With the global availability of Backup Exec 2012 and NetBackup 7.5, Symantec is providing customers and partners with a set of best-in-breed solutions that eliminate the problems that have plagued traditional backup in the past -- complexity, time and resources required to manage the backup process, and the need for multiple point products to ensure a successful backup and recovery process. A recent Symantec survey of 1,400 IT professionals worldwide further demonstrates the industry-wide need for a newer and faster approach to backup, with 28 percent stating that they have too many backup tools and 72 percent citing their willingness to switch backup products if their speed doubled.

News Highlights

        --  NetBackup 7.5 increases backup speeds up to 100 times, improves the
            ability to recover and makes it possible to integrate NetApp(R)
            Snapshots(TM) with backup. It also simplifies the search and
            recovery of files for legal holds.
        --  Backup Exec 2012 has revolutionized its management console, setting a
            new standard for intuitive design, reduced complexity across physical
            and virtual environments, and highly comprehensive disaster recovery.
            More than 1,000 partners participated in the Backup Exec 2012 Partner
            Beta program and more than 2,000 customers and partners participated
            in the First Availability Early Adopters program, allowing them to
            install the final build prior to the general availability of Backup
            Exec 2012.
        --  Symantec also announced an expanded agreement with NetApp to resell
            NetBackup Replication Director to enable IT administrators to
            centralize the management of NetBackup and NetApp Snapshots and
            replication (SnapVault(R) and SnapMirror(R)) for faster backup
            and recovery. The partnership enables NetApp and Symantec to provide
            customers with a powerful combination of features and benefits
            delivered by these two technology leaders.
        --  Symantec is listed as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group's
            "Enterprise Backup Software Vendor Landscape" report, which helps
            enterprise IT decision-makers identify a short list of vendors for
            their IT programs depending on their needs. According to the report,
            "On a relative basis, Symantec maintained the highest Info-Tech Value
            Score of the vendor group. Vendors were indexed against Symantec's
            performance to provide a complete, relative view of their product
        --  Backup Exec 2012 is also VMware Ready Data Protection certified for
            vSphere 5.0. This certification includes support for new features in
            vSphere 5.0 including the Hardware Version 8 format of virtual
            machines, datastore clusters, vSphere Storage DRS, and Storage
        --  Symantec offers an array of delivery models including software,
            appliance and cloud solutions to seamlessly integrate into any IT
            infrastructure. In addition to integration with Nirvanix, NetBackup
            now supports cloud storage from AT&T, Amazon Web Services and
            Rackspace. The new Backup Exec Cloud DR Option powered by Doyenz, the
            leading recovery as a service provider -- is expected to be available
            in the first half of FY13 and enable cloud-based application recovery
            in less than 15 minutes. Symantec's Backup Exec also includes backup
            to the cloud through Nirvanix.
        --  Symantec's SaaS-based backup and recovery service Backup is
            also available in the United States, Canada and Europe for purchase
            directly from Symantec partners or direct from Symantec.
        --  Symantec is the only leading backup provider to offer converged backup
            and deduplication appliances that seamlessly support disk, tape, and
            cloud storage targets and offer a single contact for support. The
            NetBackup 5220 appliance, introduced in October 2011, recently won an
            award in the "2011 Backup Hardware of the Year" category from the
   Product of the Year awards, beating out a number of
            established backup hardware competitors.
        --  Symantec's breadth of backup products helps customers realize
            significant cost savings while better protecting their business
            information. Symantec is committed to driving out 80 percent of the
            operating costs associated with backup over the next five years.


Supporting Quotes "With Symantec solutions, backup has never been simpler," confirmed Deepak Mohan, senior vice president, Information Management Group, Symantec. "We are committed to providing businesses with the tools they need to manage their information now and as the explosion in data continues. With NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012, we are leading the way in the fight against complex and time consuming processes and mitigate the risk of data loss."

"BackupExec 2012 has become an integral part of our IT infrastructure as it supports our virtualization strategy and allows us to keep six months of data online without having to go to tape -- saving us a considerable amount in storage costs," said Scott Gould, senior network & systems analyst, Gynecologic Oncology Group Statistical & Data Center. "Plus, BackupExec 2012 is extremely easy to use so everyone on our IT staff can set up backups, manage backup policies and perform disaster recoveries, which is ideal for smaller IT departments."

"We use Symantec NetBackup to protect more than 800 Exchange databases -- over two petabytes of data in seven datacenters, with 99 percent accuracy on backups and 99 percent success rate on recoveries. And we use it for 20 to 30 recoveries a week," said Jonathan McCormick, COO of leading cloud service provider and hosted Exchange provider, Intermedia. "Symantec NetBackup 7.5 provides us with a single integrated appliance to simplify all of our backup deployment and operations. The confidence we get from Symantec NetBackup is a good feeling."

"We have been looking forward to NetBackup 7.5, due to its support for vSphere 5. We've been using NetBackup 7's innovative integration with VMware vSphere for a couple of years, and we have dramatically improved the protection for our rapidly growing virtual environment by moving the agents 'out of the guest' with NetBackup," said Seth H. Bokelman, senior systems administrator, University of Northern Iowa. "We're also looking forward to implementing the NetBackup Accelerator technology, as it will make backups much faster on some of our large file servers."


        --  Infographic: What Causes Data Protection C.O.S.T.S. to Increase
        --  Press Kit: Symantec Delivers Better Backup for All
        --  Webcast: Better Backup for All
        --  Webcast: NetBackup 7.5 Technical Deep Dive
        --  Webcast: What's new with Backup Exec 2012
        --  Download Free Backup Exec 2012 Trialware
        --  SlideShare: Better Backup for All
        --  Blog Post: Virtual Visibility: Why you need X-Ray Vision to Backup
            Virtual Machines
        --  Blog Post: NetApp Storage Efficiency Insights
        --  Survey: Broken Backup Environments Need New Approach
        --  Website: Countdown to Better Backup
        --  Video: Managing and Reducing Costs of Enterprise Data Protection Video
            featuring Dave Russell, Gartner and Brian Dye, Symantec


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        --  Visit Symantec Connect Business Community


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